Taipei, April 12 (CNA) Google is open to the possibility of cooperating with large power plants in Taiwan to obtain renewable energy for its local data center, a Google executive said in Taipei on Wednesday.
Marsden Hanna, who is responsible for Google's global energy policy and strategy, said electricity accounts for the biggest operating costs at the company's 15 data centers worldwide, including the one in Taiwan.
The most practical way for Google to obtain renewable energy in Taiwan is by plugging into the electricity grid that is fed, for example, by wind farms close to Changhua Coastal Park in central Taiwan, where Google's data center is located, and to purchase from other sources, Hanna said.
Google is confident that the renewable energy generated in Taiwan can meet the needs of its center and those of other companies and is optimistic about the efforts of the Taiwan government to promote renewable energy, he said.
While renewable energy is currently more expensive than other forms of electricity, it will become more competitive as the market grows, Hanna said.
He said Google is not considering setting up its own power plant in Taiwan since the capacity will be insufficient for the needs of the data center.
(By Jeffrey Wu and Kuo Chung-han)